Hammond-Harwood House

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9 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, United States

Annapolis, with its myriad charms, is a haven for history enthusiasts. Did you know that one of the premier colonial houses of America from the colonial period still stands today? The Hammond-Harwood House offers a journey back in time to the colonial era. This house museum features a collection of accessories and artwork that provide insights into the mid-18th and early 19th centuries.

What to Know

The Hammond-Harwood House is an exquisite historic mansion located in Annapolis, Maryland. Built in 1774, it stands as a prime example of Palladian architecture in America. The architect William Buckland designed the Hammond-Harwood House for Matthias Hammond, a wealthy farmer. In 1960, the Hammond-Harwood House was officially designated as a National Historic Landmark due to its historical significance. The house is renowned for its well-preserved interiors, including intricate woodwork, furniture, and an impressive art collection. 

Matthias Hammond, the original owner, never lived in the house, which changed owners until it was sold to St. John's College in 1926. The college used it for educational purposes before selling it to the Hammond-Harwood House Association in 1940.

How to Get There

The Hammond-Harwood House is situated at 19 Maryland Avenue in Annapolis, Maryland. It's conveniently accessible if you're in Annapolis. You can drive to the location and find parking on the street near the destination. Alternatively, you can utilize ride-sharing services such as Uber. In my opinion, the optimal way to visit the Hammond-Harwood House is by booking a guided tour.

Best Time to Visit

The Hammond-Harwood House welcomes visitors from April to December, with visiting hours from 12 pm to 5 pm. You are free to select a time that aligns with your preferences. While both the shoulder seasons and summer offer unique experiences, summer tends to be the peak season. Spring and Fall provide more comfortable temperatures and smaller crowds, making them ideal for a relaxed tour. If you prefer to avoid crowds and mild temperatures, consider booking your tour during Spring or Fall.

 Highlights & Features

- Learn about the history of the house, 18th-century Palladian architecture, and art collection by joining one of their guided tours.

- Admire the intricacies of the architecture, including the woodwork, the grand staircase, the ornate plaster ceiling, and period accessories.

- Engage in the events that celebrate the history of the Hammond-Harwood House. Learn about the history of the families who once called Hammond-Harwood House their home through the stories behind each artifact.

- Explore the house and see how wealthy families lived in the 18th century. The house contains valuable pieces from the 18th and early 19th centuries.